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[3] The Clueless Critics of Erudite Salafi Scholar Al-Allaamah Salih Al-Fawzaan

In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] said, “The scholars are the heirs of the Prophets. The Prophets did not leave behind dinars or dirhams, rather they left behind a heritage of knowledge, and the one who acquires it acquires an abundant portion”. [At-Tirmidhee 2682]

The writers at Wikipedia stated under the title Controversial statements: “Saleh al-Fawzan was given attention in Western media again in May 2016 after he declared taking photos prohibited in a video published by the Middle East Media Research Institute on April 17, 2016. According to The Independent, “Speaking in a televised broadcast, Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fawzan was asked about a new trend of taking pictures with cats which has been spreading among people who want to be like the Westerners. The Sheikh initially appears incredulous, asking: “What?! What do you mean pictures with cats?” He then declares: “Taking pictures is prohibited. The cats don’t matter here.” When asked again about the “new trend”, he says: “Explain this trend to me. Taking pictures is prohibited if not for a necessity – not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with anything.” [End of quote]

We remind these writers that the upright Salafi Scholars do not appease those who disagree with their judgements by flattering them or going along with the crowd. This photography issue is not to be regarded as controversial; rather, it should be assessed in light of the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah. Indeed, it only causes controversy for individuals who either do not want to hear what they dislike hearing or who believe that the Shariah’s rulings have no place in so-called contemporary cultures or modern societies. The subject matter is applicable to all people, not just those living in the West because its ruling is revealed in the infallible final divine revelation. The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] said, “The people who will receive the severest punishment from Allah will be the picture makers.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari 5950]

Imaam Muhammad Ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen [may Allah have mercy upon him] was asked, “How do we reconcile between the statement of the Prophet ‘The people who will receive the severest punishment from Allah will be the picture makers’ and the fact that the Mushrikoon will receive the greatest punishment on the day of judgement?”. He replied, “The severest punishment here means the severest punishment received by the sinners whose sins have not reached disbelief. As for the severest punishment received by the Mushrikoon, their punishment will be the severest among all the people”. [(1)]

Therefore, the ruling on pictures is an established affair in the pure Shariah and Al-Allaamah Salih Al-Fawzaan fulfilled his duty by giving a verdict on the subject matter. Anyone who considers this a matter of controversy is either ignorant or driven by their own desires. We ask Allah to protect the righteous Salafi Scholars from the statements of the ignorant. Aameen.

You can read an article on this subject matter by Shaikh Abu Khadeejah (may Allah preserve him):

To be continued…InShaaAllah.


فوائد ومسابقات المئين من فتاوى ودروس ابن عثيمين
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